Coyote Management

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Coyotes primarily hunt small animals, like rodents and rabbits, for food, but if given access to human or pet food and garbage, their behavior can change. They may lose caution and fear which may feel like your own safety is threatened.  

Unfortunately, trapping a problem coyote is not always a viable option. Trapped coyotes have to be destroyed because relocating them is prohibited without the prior approval of the California Department Fish and Game. Relocated animalCoyote Notice- sign at parks rarely survive the transfer and, if they stay in the relocation area, they tend to disperse to other locations where they may cause problems to humans, be involved in territorial disputes or introduce disease. In some instances, the relocated coyote will go to great lengths to return to its previous territory.

  Generally, coyotes are reclusive animals that avoid human contact; attacks on people are extremely rare. Coyotes are generally nocturnal and typically do not come out in the day. While most are easily scared off when encountering humans, it is still important to be aware of hazing tips to keep coyotes wary of humans.

You can report an aggressive coyote or recurring sightings, by contacting the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commission/Weights and Measures Department / Pest Management Division at 626.575.5462 or City Hall at 310.377.1577 

Helpful resources:

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coyote checklist  coyote behaviors

Coyotes Informational Video produced by Torrance Police Department in partnership with California State Department of Fish and Wildlife



"How to Haze a Coyote" produced by Public Health of Madison & Dane County